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Study: Wichita Arts Organizations Generate Millions For Local Economy

A new study from Americans for the Arts shows Wichita arts organizations generate millions of dollars for the city’s economy.

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The Kansas Supreme Court has set a schedule for the latest chapter in the seven-year lawsuit that accuses the state of underfunding public schools.

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Safety concerns continue to prevent recertification of Osawatomie State Hospital, although a recent inspection didn’t find any evidence of the patient violence that prompted federal officials to decertify it in late 2015.

Staffing shortages and concerns about security and patient safety prompted the initial order. Certain they had addressed those issues, state officials appeared confident the state-run psychiatric hospital would pass muster.

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Jim Barnett is throwing his stethoscope into the ring.

Again.

The 63-year-old doctor and former state senator is running for the Republican nomination for governor.

Again.

Barnett, who represented an Emporia-centered district in the Kansas Senate for a decade, won the 2006 GOP primary over a relatively weak field but lost in a landslide to incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in the general election.

Four years later he came up short in a race against Tim Huelskamp for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is looking to hire more election workers to be fully staffed for the upcoming primary and general elections.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says right now, they have enough workers for the August 1 Primary, but they want to add more people in case there are cancellations.

Lehman says the primary will be small–only three cities have races on the ballot because those races have more than two candidates.

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On Sunday, the Wichita Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man involved in what they call a terroristic threat.

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The cost of higher education in Kansas continued to swell last week, carrying on a long-running trend in which universities rely increasingly on tuition and fees to operate.

This fall, a full-time semester at the University of Kansas will cost nearly $2,000 more than a decade earlier. The increase at Kansas State University has been similar.

Also over the last decade, the state’s spending per student at Kansas Board of Regents universities has slid.

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Three Kansas lawmakers say Gov. Sam Brownback told a small group of legislators it would be politically better for him if they overrode his veto and repealed tax cuts rather than proposing another tax plan for him to sign.

Nine lawmakers met privately with Brownback the morning of the day the Legislature overrode his veto of a tax bill. They said the meeting swayed some conservative Republicans to join moderates and Democrats in the override.

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After coming to an agreement with U.S. trade officials to bring American beef to China after a 14-year hiatus, the most populous country in the world is set to once again import U.S.-raised beef. To take advantage of the massive new market, however, the U.S. cattle industry is going to have to make some changes.

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Two giants of American agriculture and industry are closer to becoming one.

Dow and DuPont, both leaders in agricultural chemicals and seeds, among other products, received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice to move ahead with a merger, provided they divest several products.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is calling on the state Supreme Court to move quickly and sign off on a new formula for funding K-12 schools. On Monday, the court will set a calendar of hearings.

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Ready For Science Saturday? Here's A Preview.

Science Friday is coming to Wichita this fall, but this weekend, KMUW is hosting an event called Science Saturday . Sarah Jane Crespo, director of community engagement at KMUW, spoke with Jonathan Huber about the event.

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Monday, June 26

We’re All Alright is the eighteenth studio album from Cheap Trick and the second to feature drummer Daxx Nielsen, the son of guitarist and founding member Rick Nielsen. We’ll hear selections from this record, including a cover of song by The Move, the band would ultimately spawn Electric Light Orchestra. We’ll also hear more music from the self-titled debut by The Magpie Salute, the band featuring former Black Crowes guitarists Rich Robinson and Marc Ford.

Tuesday, June 27

Step Into Light is the latest album from Fastball, the band best known for its late 1990s hit “The Way.” This new effort finds the band blending elements of its classic sound with contemporary sensibilities on a record that stands as one of the group’s best efforts to date. We’ll hear from it on this episode of the show as well as music from the Spirit of the Stairs release Lambo Doors.

Wednesday, June 28

Weather Diaries is the first album of new material from veteran shoegaze band Ride in 21 years. Listen for music from that effort as well as the latest by Slowdive, that group’s first new recording in 22 years.

Thursday, June 29

So You Want To Be An Outlaw is the latest release from singer-songwriter Steve Earle. Listen for music from it as well as selections from his son Justin Townes Earle’s latest, Kids In The Street.

Friday, June 30

Woodstock is the brand new release from Alaskan band Portugal. The Man. Some of the material dates to before the group’s previous effort, Evil Friends, and features production work from Danger Mouse and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as selections from Paul McCartney’s experimental electronic project The Fireman.

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Jonny Lang was 16 years old when his 1997 album Lie To Me became an inescapable presence on radio. Lang's mixture of soul, blues and R&B quickly earned him a loyal following. He was first exposed to that blend of music on his family's farm in North Dakota.

Sunday, June 25

Sunday on Soulsations hear “Rock Steady” a 1971 funky soul gem from Aretha Franklin.  The Queen of Soul recently took part in an inaugural Detroit Music Weekend festival with a street naming and a tribute concert as well as her own free headline show in downtown Detroit. The 75 year-old Franklin is working on a new album with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lionel Richie that she hopes to have out by January 2018.

Saturday, June 24

Fun, poetic, gritty and wonderful. It's Greg Brown recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Greg is the founder of Red House Records, has received a plethora of folkie-and-indie type awards and his tunes have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and countless others. Like most singer-songwriters, he's best when performing live in a small setting ­ like the Old Settlers Inn.

Monday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a trip to Jamaica for a special birthday celebration for Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

Tuesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Featured in the show is music from the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Wednesday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

Thursday, June 22

In conjunction with the June ‘Islands’ feature, Global Village pays a visit to Japan. Among the highlights: a composition from Japan’s “Beethoven of the Koto” that is considered akin to the national melody of the country, traditional music from the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Joji Hirota, ‘70s fusions from Stomo Yamashata’s Red Buddha Theater and Osamu Kitajima, traditional and contemporary Okinawan music from the Rinken Band, Shoukichi Kina, and the Surf Champlers (with a wild version of the James Bond Theme), and a recent release from Kengo Saito bringing together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Friday, June 23

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village lets loose the hounds in songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, Balkan-inspired Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.

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Wichita Performing Arts Groups Watching Closely As City Considers Future Of Century II

Leaders and patrons of the arts organizations that call the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center home are watching closely as the city considers future options for the iconic round building with the blue roof. Music Theatre Wichita is among the performing arts groups that have a strong interest in the upcoming decisions.

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